Category Archives: Windows

Confirm Service Account Credentials The Easy Way with PowerShell (e.g. SCCM Network Access Account)

Sometimes you will have an AD Service Account configured and you might not be sure what the password is – a good example of this that sometimes catches me out is the SCCM Network Access Account. To safely test the … Continue reading

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Use Task Scheduler to Schedule Server Reboot Out of Hours

You may from time to time have a requirement to reboot a server out of hours after implementing a change that requires a restart. Rather than logging in at Silly O’Clock at night you can use the Windows Task Scheduler … Continue reading

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Open Local Computer Certificates MMC From Single Command

A quick and simple post today. Since Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 you can directly open the Local Computer Certificates MMC console by running the following command: This will launch “certlm.msc” showing the information that you want. You can still open … Continue reading

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Log Into Windows Locally Without Entering The Computername Prefix Every Time

If (like me) you need to log in locally to Windows machines quite a lot, it can be an annoyance to have to type in the Computername prefix every time you need to do so e.g “CLIENT1\Administrator”. Luckily Microsoft have … Continue reading

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How Many Activations Do I Have Left On My Licence Keys?

To find out this information you’d normally have to go through the pain in the arse that is “telephoning Microsoft”. Far easier though is to import the keys into the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) and use it to check … Continue reading

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Testing Connectivity Over Any TCP Port

1. PowerShell Since Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2 you can now test/ping TCP connections over any port using PowerShell. The syntax for the command is as below. This tests if RDP (port 3389) is available on a server called ‘DC01’ – … Continue reading

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